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The Soldier

Windham, Book 2
Narrated by: James Langton
Series: Windham, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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His idyllic estate is falling down from neglect, and nightmares of war give him no rest. Then Devlin St. Just meets his new neighbor....

With her confident manner hiding a devastating secret, his lovely neighbor commands all of his attention, and protecting Emmaline becomes Devlin's most urgent mission.

Contains mature themes.

©2011 Grace Burrowes (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Burrowes continues her winning streak with a delicious, sensual historical romance capturing the spirit of the time." ( Booklist)

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Not bad

I enjoyed this book though I found there was just a bit too much gratuitous sex. The story line was good and loved the reader. I did like the fact that this book ties in well with the previous in the series.

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  • Sanra
  • 26-07-2016

The Soldier

The story was great! , performance perfect, characters endearing, especially Winny. I could not stop listening.

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  • Moriah
  • 01-07-2016

Story of Two Wounded Souls

The Soldier is a beautiful tale of two wounded souls - St. Just suffers from PTSD and a feeling of never quite belonging to his family after his mother left him with the Duke and Duchess of Windham. Emmy is is not accepted by her neighbors and is trying to handle her young cousin Winnie, who has a tendency to wander off for long periods of time. Watching St Just and Emmy come to terms with their past and realize they are deserving of love was a wonderful experience. Grace Burrowes has a wonderful way of bringing emotional depth to her stories and showing the little things that show caring in a relationship. I look forward to Lord Val's story. I also just saw Tantor is picking up the rest of the Windham stories about the daughters later this year and I will be making sure to hoard credits so I can get them on release day.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-08-2020

Nice

I really liked this book because the hero was kind and gentle and had weaknesses, but was still very strong and manly. The heroine was also strong and beautiful and went her way. There's a little girl as well.

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  • PennyLou
  • 08-05-2020

Unfortunate OMG book

Emmy, the heroine (?) in this book is so aggravating that I couldn't wait to get to the end. In fact, I fast-forwarded through the last 3 chapters. James Langton did a great job in narrating. Even though there were some strong, likeable characters, Emmy's stupid vacillation took away their strength. A testament to Burrowe's character development & writing skills....she makes the characters seem real. So, I REALLY disliked Emmy.

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  • Pamela Z. Campos
  • 11-04-2020

Lovely story

I so enjoyed this book. I Cried laughed and loved it. Beautifully written and performed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-2019

lovely

i love this reading, have listened many times. one of the best elements for me is Langton's rendering of st just ... i could listen to that imaginary man all day. but this brings me to a small flaw in the audible story that has worried me ... would not a child, even one with a strong accent, have lost most mother-tongue influence, having been handed into an aristocratic family at the tender age of five? boys going to eton in their teens lose most of their regional speech patterns. however i forgive this flaw with an open heart as it gives us the wonderful speech of Langton's st just.

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  • k
  • 06-05-2019

Little too modern thinking

It’s a good story but feels a bit long. I like all the characters. This book is about PTSD and illegitimacy. I was able to predict the secrets each characters had to hide. IMHO, I think think this book had to much modern thinking/living. I doubt in that period, each characters able to get away with how they think and lives. Also, is there shampoo 🧴 in that period?😓. It’s a happy ending type of story. So, if you like that stuff with a dash of steamy scenes, this one is for you. <— ok little or than a dash.😜

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  • Jessy
  • 01-05-2019

I really want that apple tart recipe.

**Possible Spoiler Alerts** I'm going to start with a positive. I loved seeing St. Just's character development and Burrows gives his history throughout the story. We get to see how close he and his family are with Valentine; they're such a touchy bunch, it's endearing and sweet. However, I am not a fan of the female lead. She's immature, lacks some serious common sense, confidence, and internal reflection, and she's just an inconsiderate character. She can't see the pain she's causing the little girl, the vicar, the earl or anyone around her. It's always "I'm not good enough for her/him", "me, me, me" and "I know what's best..." and she's what...? 21 maybe 22 years old and never left her cottage/ make shift bakery???? Her obsession with society norms and "what's right" is juvenile at best. Her personal martyrdom is only tragic in that it touches so many people. Her conviction is blind, perilous, and oftentimes assaulting and the only one who "benefits" from her terrible choices are... no one. Not even her. I don't want to hang out with her, but I'll take her baked goods. She uses these men for her (dis)advantage and, honestly, if St. Just hadn't gotten a boner at seeing her naked in the pond/ lake after 2 years, he probably wouldn't have been so infatuated with her to ignore her obvious personality flaws. I really wanted St. Just to find someone else; he deserves someone who will put away their bullshit and grow the f- up. He deserves a woman, not some silly girl too guarded to be honest with herself and everyone around her. The reveal is too late in the book for any redemption and I shudder to think that if this were the real world St. Just's conclusion regarding their marriage (before her declaration of love) would be what happens. It's unfortunate that Burrows couldn't pull the conclusion up a little more in the story to give the heroine a little vindication. I notice that the first book was also very last minute and the heroine self-adsorbed as well. Not everything can be so wrapped up nicely, I guess.

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  • The Goph
  • 03-04-2019

Could have been more stars but...

James Langton can narrates the men voices very well but when it comes to the female characters, he is unbearable and it ruins the listen.

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  • Cleve81
  • 26-02-2019

Great series but lesser entry

Grace Burrowes is one of my favorite writers. But- This is far from my favorite book of hers or my favorite Windham tale. In this Windham entry, we learn a great deal about St.Just & his relationships with Val & other Windhams. Much is delightful & engaging, & characters are well drawn with excellent voice distinctions by James Langton as narrator. St Just’s courtship of Emmy & her extended decision process, however, drags interminably with significant repetition. The end is overly predictable but not improved by an abrupt halt- as if the author met her quota of pages & simply stopped writing. I would have preferred less angst from Emmy & a more carefully plotted ending. Not a book I’ll be rereading.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-12-2019

love all her books

brilliant story and well read . Devlin was always a favourite- glad he gets his happy ending

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  • Thor
  • 19-03-2019

History Repeating? I think not.

Devlin’s mother hands him over to his father the Duke, to give him a better life. As a young toddler he is traumatized by this desertion of his mother; who he never see again. Maybe a "noble gesture", but one his mother lives to regret. The heroine's aunt bed her niece's young lover, so when the baby is born, people will assume it is hers. So the child has never known her real mother, but regards the heroine as a relative. Along comes the Hero, heroine decides her daughter can have a better life as his ward. However unlike his mother she is not willing to make the transition easy, very much "Idon't want her but you can't have her" attitude. Neither characters are appealing, he won't rape her, but will suduce her, knowing she wants none of it. She says no, but never puts up a fight, so climbing into the Hero's bed is still willing to marry the vicar. Who she knows has already survived a miserable marriage. She comes across as very selfish and spoilt, who is use to people cleaning up her mess. He come across as spineless one minute and abit of a bully in the next. A very week story, no worth the effort .